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How Do You Replace Oprah? With A Lot Of Jobs

WLS Channel 7, aka Oprah Winfrey‘s flagship outlet until Winfrey calls it quits next year, is making big and surprising plans to fill the 9 a.m. timeslot.

Until recently, it had been assumed (writes Robert Feder at that the station would fill the slot with another syndicated show. But WLS president and general manager Emily Barr says she’s received approval from her bosses to create an all-new morning show focused on local Chicago issues. It will be “lighter rather than heavier, fun without being too silly, smart without feeling too sophisticated,” Barr told Feder. But “I’m not trying to re-invent Oprah Winfrey. This is not going to be ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ with some new host.”

The station recently posted a job opening for an executive producer to “lead the development, staffing and production of a new one-hour live morning talk, entertainment and information show.” That person should have five years experience in live talk programming, and whoever it is, if you want in on this show, you want to be on their good side, because s/he will be hiring hosts, contributors and staff pretty quickly.

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Do Content-Sharing And Collaborative Agreements Save Jobs Or Save Money?

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Four of Chicago’s television stations, beginning Monday, are entering into a newsgathering collective where the stations will share eight pooled camera crews to cover local news events.

But Emily Barr, GM at ABC-owned WLS, is having none of it. She told Chicago Sun-Times columnist Lewis Lazare that “she instinctively felt the new venture would strip WLS of some, if not all, of what the station most zealously seeks to safeguard: its image as an independent Chicago news operation.”

For the stations that have signed on, though, the agreement is not only a way to “cover more news”— the “perfunctory” press conferences and other such events where five competing camera crews really could be seen as redundant. (Read more after the jump…)

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